Week 8 MAC Fearless Predictions

Posted Oct 19, 2012

The Week 8 MAC Fearless Predictions, Previews & Game Analysis

Bowling Green (4-3) at Massachusetts (0-6) Oct. 20, 12:00

Here's The Deal: Bowling Green is still in the hunt for the East title with the lone loss coming to Toledo from the West, meaning that it's on to the MAC championship by winning out. But first, it's time to fatten up on UMass and Eastern Michigan to tune-up for the showdown at Ohio. The offense might not be special, but the defense has only allowed 30 points over the last three games changing the season around.

UMass hasn't had much luck in the first year under Charley Molnar, with the campaign going from bad to worse with a 52-14 loss to Western Michigan. On a nine-game losing streak, the Minutemen's high point was a tight loss to Ohio, but with three road games in a row after this week, the struggles should continue it they can't find a way to put points on the board.

What Will Happen: The great Falcon defense gets even better with start linebacker Dwayne Woods returning after missing last week's game against MU. The Minutemen don't have the offensive pop to move the ball on the MAC's No. 1 run defense; the Bowling Green pass rush will be the difference.

CFN Prediction: Bowling Green 31 … Massachusetts 10
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Bowling Green -17.5 O/U: 51
Northern Illinois (6-1) at Akron (1-6) Oct. 20, 12:00, GamePlan

Here's The Deal: Akron has improved and it has been entertaining in Terry Bowden's first season, but it hasn't beaten an FBS team and it hasn't been able to get over the hump. The Zips gave Ohio a tough time in a 34-28 loss, and it has battled hard week after week, but there hasn't been any luck even with the MAC's No. 1 passing attack.

NIU keeps on rolling. The defending MAC champion has cranked out six straight wins and hasn't had any sort of a problem getting through the MAC slate ripping up Central Michigan, Ball State and Buffalo. Looking every bit like the star of the conference again, the goal is to get past the layup this week before dealing with a tough showdown at Western Michigan next week. The MAC's top run offense will try to keep the Zip passing attack off the field.

What Will Happen: NIU is playing too well. The pass defense doesn't give up anything big, and while it will let Akron dink and dunk to its heart's content, it's not going to work. NIU will be able to run its way to a win with over 300 yards on the ground.

CFN Prediction: Northern Illinois 45 … Akron 20
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Northern Illinois -15 O/U: 66
Army (1-5) at Eastern Michigan (0-6) Oct. 20, 1:00, ESPN3

What Will Happen: The hapless Eagles have lost eight straight and are dead last in the nation in run defense. Uh oh. That's a problem against an Army ground game that's leads the nation averaging 385 yards per game. However, the Knights are dead last against efficient passing games. EMU will throw well, but it won't have a prayer of slowing down the Army ground attack that should control the clock for over 40 minutes.

CFN Prediction: Army 34 … Eastern Michigan 23
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Army -3 O/U: 61
Ball State (4-3) at Central Michigan (2-4) Oct. 20, 3:30, ESPN3

What Will Happen: The Cardinals were in the West race until last week with a tough loss to Western Michigan in overtime, but there's still time to make a lot of noise with dates against Toledo and Ohio ahead as part of a run of four road games in the final five. The terrific offense that leads the MAC needs to overcome the major problems on a defense that can't stop anyone's passing game. Central Michigan will throw well and will come up with big yards, but it won't be enough to overcome a rough day against the Ball State ground game.

CFN Prediction: Ball State 48 … Central Michigan 42
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Ball State -3 O/U: Central Michigan 65.5
Western Michigan (3-4) at Kent State (5-1) Oct. 20, 3:30

What Will Happen: Kent State keeps on rolling. With a 3-0 conference record, the Golden Flashes have been on a roll after losing to Kentucky winning four straight games including victories over Ball State and Army. The running game has been fantastic and he defense just strong enough to get by, but the team will be under fire against a WMU passing game that should be able to light up the KSU secondary. A disappointment so far, WMU lost to Ball State in overtime and hasn't been able to translate its excellent passing game and aggressive defensive front into wins. All but out of the MAC title chase, the Broncos will rise up defensively while quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen will come up with a big game in place of an injured Alex Carder.

CFN Prediction: Western Michigan 27 … Kent State 24
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Kent State -3 O/U: 54